Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Computers versus writers

Churchill's writing? Below average. Hemingway? Needs more care and detail. A Clockwork Orange? Simple bizarre. That's what a computer program for analyzing student writing reported in the UK. At least, according to the article, American students facing the same program are good at “schmoozing the computer."

They are some of the most memorable and stirring words of the 20th century, but Churchill’s speech exhorting the British to “fight on the beaches” would fail if submitted as a school essay and subjected to a proposed computerised marking system. The wartime leader had a style that was too repetitive, according to the computer being tested for the online marking of school qualifications. It rated Churchill as below average... More.

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